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First post, by oeuvre

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It’s a massive old high end computer from 1996. It sports a 200MHz Pentium, 128mb RAM, a 4mb Matrox Millennium PCI video card, a SoundBlaster AWE32 ISA sound card with SIMM RAM, a 3COM network card... and a slew of SCSI drives.

Adaptec SCSI PCI adapter, SCSI cables, and AT to PIS/2 keyboard adapters are on their way.

Pictures

http://imgur.com/a/aNdws

Keyboard for size reference

http://i.imgur.com/XGrYPtD.jpg

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Reply 3 of 11, by oerk

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candle_86 wrote:

Thats not a pc that's a server but awesome find

Not necessarily. Why would it have the AWE32, then (assuming it wasn't added later, but then the PC probably wouldn't be free either)?

Reply 5 of 11, by brostenen

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It's not a servercase. Nor server class motherboard.
It is just a Big box home computer that were expensive back then. I like the case. Envious. And I like the SCSI drives.

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Reply 6 of 11, by Skyscraper

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candle_86 wrote:

Thats not a pc that's a server but awesome find

I had a smililar case ~1996, mine wasn't as good looking though.

The "server like" feature of that build is that it uses SCSI but to me the while thing smells rich kid as in "I want the best computer I can get for $10K". The result a system as noisy as an airplane during takeoff. 😀

One alternative is some kind of video editing workstation but that Matrox video card dosn't seem fancy enough for professional video capturing use. Perhaps it was a workstation on a smaller company and they needed the ability to digitalize video for documentary purposes now and then.

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Reply 8 of 11, by chinny22

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You can tell the case was aimed at the server/workstation market. Pair it up with a duel socket Asus/Abit/Gigabite motherboard (but still with only 1 CPU) and you would still have what was considered high end in the late 90's. when the likes of Compaq/Dell were still out of reach of what a lot of people wanted to spend and your outsourced IT company built a server for you.
Not that it matters 1 way or another anymore, What do you intend to run on it?

Reply 9 of 11, by oeuvre

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It's amazing the hardware in it came with it, except I tossed in that floppy drive and the serial port adapter in the rear.

I definitely believe it was used for something high end or workstation class use in its prime days. Once I get the parts in the mail I will begin toying with it and keep y'all updated.

It took a while to clean the inside and out but I think it looks great now. Thanks for your kind comments everyone.

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Reply 10 of 11, by oeuvre

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chinny22 wrote:

What do you intend to run on it?

Most likely MS-DOS 6.22 and dual boot it with NT4

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Reply 11 of 11, by oeuvre

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Aww yeah, got some SCSI stuff in the mail today. Adaptec 2940UW and all those drives seem to work fine (except the SCSI CD drive doesn't eject but I don't care cause I have a working IDE CD drive anyways). That giant ST43400N is a hoot to boot up. It had two empty FAT16 partitions... just one PKZIP installer.

The other drives were unformatted and I got DOS installed. Will play around later tonight. Some pictures http://imgur.com/a/GdQAu

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